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Explosion at Georgia Chemical Plant Leaves 1 Dead

A man has died after an explosion at a chemical plant in Georgia. The Augusta Chronicle reports Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen identified Wednesday’s victim as 29-year-old Steven Gonsalves, of Beech Island. Bowen says Gonsalves’ body will be sent to …

Arkema Plant Fires Underscore Chemical Industry Risk Management Challenge

In its devastatingly slow crawl up the industrial Gulf Coast, Hurricane Harvey is proving to be the biggest test yet of the safety and vulnerabilities of the U.S. chemicals industry. A Houston-area chemical plant was hit by explosions overnight after …

West Virginia Residents Sue Over 17K Gallon Chlorine Leak From Plant

West Virginians are suing one of the nation’s largest chlorine producers after a cloud of chlorine gas leaked from a railcar inside a company chemical plant near their homes. Attorney Jim Bordas says the Aug. 27 chlorine leak at the …

Leak of 33K Gallons of Chlorine at West Virginia Chemical Plant Under Investigation

Officials are investigating the cause of a chlorine leak at a chemical plant near Proctor, West Virginia. The Intelligencer reports that 33,000 gallons of liquid chlorine leaked Saturday from a rail car inside Axiall Corp.’s Natrium chemical plant. Department of …

Report Faults U.S. Oversight of Chemical Plants

The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with …

Obama Administration Under Fire for Delay on Chemical Plant Safety

The Obama administration’s lack of action to impose recommended changes to make refineries, chemical factories and sugar plants safer is set to get a public rebuke from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The independent investigative agency said yesterday it will …